Nightly News   |  October 07, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize validates women’s struggle

Three women have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell has more on the laureates.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: The word arrived today. Three women have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize . Late today President Obama praised their power, their determination, their spirit. NBC 's Andrea Mitchell has more for us tonight on who these women are and how they are changing the world.

ANDREA MITCHELL reporting: It was a signal meant to recognize and promote women in the struggle for freedom and equal rights. From Yemen , the first Arab woman to receive the prize, Tawakkul Karman , a leader in the fight for regime change and a symbol for the Arab spring itself. Thirty-two years old, a mother of three, and on the front lines even as she learned of her prize. From Liberia , long torn by civil war , 72-year-old Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf , the first woman democratically elected president of an African nation. Six years ago she defeated dictator Charles Taylor , and she's up for re-election next week. Also from Liberia Leymah Gbowee , who led a women 's movement against rape and violence.

Ms. LEYMAH GBOWEE: The women of Liberia , including the IDPs , we are tired of war.

MITCHELL: Today Gbowee talked to us about why the women mobilized to challenge the regime.

Ms. GBOWEE: We have gotten to the place where death was better than life, and we felt like as women of Liberia we needed to do something to change the trend of our lives.

MITCHELL: Today's Nobel Prize validates her struggle and the courage of women fighting for freedom around the world. Andrea Mitchell , NBC News, Washington.